Hutt City Council’s “Play in the Hutt” initiative has been nominated as a finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Sport & Recreation Awards.
The movement to kick-start action on play has been nominated for the Community Impact Award, which identifies, celebrates and encourages collaborative projects which positively impact children, young people and their whānau.
The initiative, a partnership between Hutt City Council and Healthy Families Hutt Valley, aims to preserve and enhance play in our city. Enabling tamariki and rangatahi to play more every day, the project recognises that quality play experiences enhance development and contribute to lifelong participation.
The Play in the Hutt initiative has popped up all over the city in a variety of ways:
- “Build + Play with CK&Co” – a mobile trailer full of hammers, nails and saws – provides tamariki with an authentic development opportunity and encourages positive risk taking. It has been so popular with local primary schools that it’s booked out a year in advance. So far, over 12,000 tamariki have engaged with the trailer
- Play days are a huge hit too, with over 8000 whānau engaging in these pop up events – a community approach to normalising play
- The most recent project, ‘Pukutakaro’ – a lunch-time and after-school play program delivering ‘wow’ opportunities on school grounds – is expected to engage 2500 young people this term
Mark Curr, Sport & Recreation Programmes Manager at Hutt City Council, says:
We’re proud to have made a strong impact upon the amount and types and play that our tamariki have access to. This can only happen when we have a high level of community engagement and partnership. CK&Co Realty are one example of an amazing partner who we’re grateful to have supporting our mahi.”
Category winners are expected to be revealed in September. Read the full Sport NZ press release.
Find out more about Hutt City Council’s Play in the Hutt Initiative.